Ministry of Environment & Forests                                                                                        (IA Division)                                                                                                             ******

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 13TH MEETING OF EXPERT APPRAISAL COMMITTEE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPRAISAL OF MINING PROJECTS CONSTITUTED UNDER EIA NOTIFICATION, 2006.

The 13th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Environmental Impact Assessment of Mining Projects of the Ministry of Environment and Forests was held on March 23-25, 2011.  The list of participants is annexed. 

After welcoming the Committee Members, discussion on each of the agenda items was taken up ad-seriatim.

Item No. 1:

1.1     Confirmation of the minutes of the 12th Meeting.

The minutes of the 12th meeting were confirmed as circulated.

Item No. 2: Consideration of the Proposals listed in the Agenda:

2.1     Laterite Mining Project of M/s K. Raghavacharyulu located at village Machanur, District Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh (EC)

          The consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent.

2.2     Expansion of Bailadila Iron Ore Deposit No. 10 along with Beneficiation Plant and Pellet Plant of M/s National Mineral Development Corporation Ltd. (NMDC), Bachelli, Dantewada District, Chhattisgarh (Consultant: Vimta Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

The proposal was earlier considered by the EAC during its meeting held on April 28-30, 2010, based on the project documents submitted by the project proponent, which related to deposit no. 10 and 11-A combined.  During consideration of the proposal, it was observed that there were two separate independent mine leases and two separate independent approved mine plans for deposit 10 and 11-A and therefore, it would be construed as two separate projects and would require two separate environmental clearances.  The Committee had asked the proponent to submit two separate proposals or else have a single mine plan approved for both the deposits put together and thereafter submit a single application for environmental clearance combined for both the deposits.  Accordingly, the proponent have now submitted two separate proposals for deposit 10 and deposit 11-A.  The present proposal is for deposit 10. 

Based on the revised documents now submitted, the proposal was considered by the EAC.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 25.2.2009.  Public hearing has been held on 28.10.2009.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 3.3 million TPA to 4.2 million TPA, ore crushing, screening and loading plant facilities from 5 million TPA to 7 million TPA by adding fourth line in screening plant, installation of a tertiary crushing and quaternary crushing system of 3.5 million TPA, installation of mineral beneficiation plant of 2.52 million TPA and pellet plant of 2 million capacity.  The mine lease area is 309.340 ha, which is a forestland.  Forestry clearance has been obtained.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 45 years.  The peak water requirement for the project is reported to be 12,375 kld, which includes 500 kld for township. The water requirement will be met from surface water.  It was, however, observed that the information given in the project documents and that made during presentation was at variance and need to be reconciled and given correctly.  The baseline AAQ data showed the particulate levels on higher side.  The accumulated slimes from the tailing pond will be used by blending with fine ore for production of pellet feed.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee sought information on the following:-

(i)           Land requirement for different components of the project should be detailed and their relative locations shown on the map. It may also be clearly indicated whether any land outside the mine lease is required for any activity relating to the project and if so, the details should be provided, inter-alia, extent of land, location w.r.t. mine lease (distance from mine lease), nature of land, ownership and usage of land, R&R involved, if any and in case of forestland, forestry clearance for the same etc.    

(ii)          A legible copy of the forestry clearance obtained for this project should be furnished in support of the claim made regarding FC clearance. 

(iii)        The water requirement as given in the Questionnaire and as stated during the meeting should be reconciled and details furnished along with item-wise break up and source.  A water balance showing the recirculation and reuse of the water for various activities should also be given. 

(iv)        The discharge point is reported to be a nallah.  Details with respect to the discharge point, location of the nallah and its further confluence into the water stream etc should be given. 

(v)          Adequacy of the tailing pond should be justified with detailed quantitative analysis. 

(vi)        Based on the rainfall data and the accumulated tailings in the tailing pond, it may be shown how it will be ensured that there is no over flow of rain water in to the tailing pond, such that the land environment as well as the water environment is not adversely affected due to over flow of the tailing pond. 

(vii)       Time series data on groundwater quality around the tailing pond should be given. 

(viii)      Detailed hydro-geological report should be provided. 

(ix)        Design and geometry of the dumps with sections, details of terrace, slope etc should be given. 

(x)          Details of waste generation and its management should be given. 

(xi)        A copy of the approved mine plan and mining scheme should also be submitted. 

(xii)       The locations of the ambient air quality monitoring stations were observed to be not in conformity with the pre-dominant downwind direction as well as the sensitive receptors.  The locations may be appropriately selected and at least 15 days data may be generated afresh and submitted. 

(xiii)      The data on biological environment needs to be rechecked and resubmitted.  The assessment of impact on ecology was inadequate and needs to be redone.  The conservation plan should flow from the same.  Accordingly, this aspect needs to be relooked and resubmitted. 

(xiv)      Filled in Questionnaire may be submitted after reconciling the information relating to various aspects including water requirement, waste generation and its management, dump details, land requirement and its usage etc.

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 30th April, 2011 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in May, 2011.  

2.3     Expansion of Bailadila Iron Ore Deposit No. 11-A of M/s National Mineral Development Corporation Ltd. (NMDC), Bachelli, Dantewada District, Chhattisgarh (Consultant: Vimta Labs Ltd., Hyderabad)

The proposal was earlier considered by the EAC during its meeting held on April 28-30, 2010, based on the project documents submitted by the project proponent, which related to deposit no. 10 and 11-A combined.  During consideration of the proposal, it was observed that there were two separate independent mine leases and two separate independent approved mine plans for deposit 10 and 11-A and therefore, it would be construed as two separate projects and would require two separate environmental clearances.  The Committee had asked the proponent to submit two separate proposals or else have a single mine plan approved for both the deposits put together and thereafter submit a single application for environmental clearance combined for both the deposits.  Accordingly, the proponent have now submitted two separate proposals for deposit 10 and deposit 11-A.  The present proposal is for deposit 11-A. 

Based on the revised documents now submitted, the proposal was considered by the EAC.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 25.2.2009.  Public hearing has been held on 28.10.2009.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of iron ore from 1.7 million TPA to 2.8 million TPA.  The mine lease area is 233.509 ha, which is a forestland.  Forestry clearance has been obtained.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 10 years.  The peak water requirement for the project is reported to be 150 kld, which will be obtained from surface water (Galli nallah).  The baseline AAQ data showed the particulate levels on higher side.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee sought information on the following:-

(i)           Land requirement for different components of the project should be detailed and their relative locations shown on the map. It may also be clearly indicated whether any land outside the mine lease is required for any activity relating to the project and if so, the details should be provided. 

(ii)          A legible copy of the forestry clearance obtained for this project should be furnished in support of the claim made regarding FC clearance. 

(iii)        The water requirement for the project along with item-wise break up should be given. Details of rainwater harvesting, if any, proposed for water conservation should be given.    

(iv)        Design and geometry of the dumps with sections, details of terrace, slope etc should be given. 

(v)          Details of waste generation and its management should be given. 

(vi)        The locations of the ambient air quality monitoring stations were observed to be not in conformity with the pre-dominant downwind direction as well as the sensitive receptors.  The location may be appropriately selected and at least 15 days data may be generated afresh and submitted. 

(vii)       The data on biological environment needs to be rechecked and resubmitted.  The assessment of impact on ecology was inadequate and needs to be redone.  The conservation plan should flow from the same.  Accordingly, this aspect needs to be relooked and resubmitted. 

(viii)      A copy of the approved mine plan and mining scheme should also be submitted. 

(ix)        Filled in Questionnaire may be submitted after reconciling the information relating to various aspects including water requirement, waste generation and its management, dump details, land requirement and its usage etc.

It was decided that the proponent will submit the response / information on the above-mentioned points by 30th April, 2011 and simultaneously circulate the same to the Members of the EAC and thereafter the proposal will be considered by the EAC during its meeting to be held in May, 2011.  

2.4     Dolomite Mine of M/s Shakuntala Minerals located at village Karwahi, District Nagpur, Maharashtra (EC)

          The consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent.

2.5     Dolomite Mine of M/s Shakuntala Minerals located at village Karwahi, District Nagpur, Maharashtra (EC)

The consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent.

2.6     Captive Rawan-Jhipan Limestone Mine of M/s Grasim Industries Ltd. located at village Rawan, Tehsil Simga, District Raipur, Chhattisgarh (Consultant: J.M. Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone from 2.8 million TPA to 7.5 million TPA for use in their cement plant.  The existing crusher of 850 TPH will be replaced with 1300/1500 TPH crusher. The earlier environment clearance was granted in April, 2005.  It was reported that the environment clearance for expansion of cement plant has recently been obtained on 17.3.2011.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 26.10.2009.  Public hearing has been held on 10.11.2010.  Mine lease area is 722.834 ha.  No forestland is involved.  No National Park / Wildlife Sanctuary / Biosphere Reserve is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  No perennial water course is reported to be flowing through mine lease area.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 240 mRL (36 m bgl).  Groundwater table is reported to be at 236 mRL (40 m bgl).  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  It was, however, observed that while obtaining environment clearance for 2.8 million TPA capacity in April, 2005, the ultimate working depth was reported to be 40 m bgl, which would have intersected the groundwater table.  The proponent in this regard clarified and submitted in writing that the ultimate working depth will not extend beyond 36 m bgl at any stage of mine working as per the approved modified scheme of mining and will not intersect groundwater table.  Life of the mine will be 22 years.  The water requirement is estimated as 350 kld, which will be obtained from rainwater stored in the mine pit.  However, drinking water requirement (6 kld) will be met from ground water.  The stage of groundwater development in the area is reported to be 43%.  It has been estimated that 77.77 million tonnes of OB / mineral reject will be generated during the mine life.  A part of it will be backfilled and remaining will be dumped as external OB dump in an area of 40.32 ha within the lease area.  There will be three dumps at the conceptual stage.  At the end of the mine life, an area of 403.16 ha will be covered under plantation.  An area of 307.954 ha will be developed as water reservoir.  The baseline AAQ data showed that the AAQ levels are within permissible limits.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)           The effective safeguard measures shall be taken to control particulate dust level in critical areas including crusher zone, transfer points and the haul road. 

(ii)          Mine working will be restricted up to above water table.  At no point of time, the mine working should intersect groundwater table.  For working below water table, necessary prior permission shall be obtained from MoEF for which clearance from CGWA for pumping of groundwater and detailed hydro-geological study will be a pre-requisite. 

2.7     Limestone Mine of M/s Zawar Cement located at village Chittapur, District Gulbarga, Karnataka (Consultant: Mineral Engineering Services, Karnataka)

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on November 24-26, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/ clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was observed that the information submitted now by the proponent lacked requisite details and clarity. The proponent requested the Committee for deferment of their proposal to the next meeting during which time the proponent will submit the response afresh.  The Committee agreed to the request of the proponent and decided to consider the proposal in the next meeting to be held in April, 2011.

2.8     Arungal Limestone Mine of M/s Chettinad Cement Corporation Ltd., Taluk & District Ariyalur, Tamilnadu (Consultant: Environmental System Consultants & Ambiente Lab Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Chennai) 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on November 24-26, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/ clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was clarified by the proponent that a sufficient gap of time was given between the public hearings for different projects. A letter from State Pollution Control Board dated 13.1.2011 was submitted in this regard. The SPCB have categorically stated that a sufficient gap of time was given for each public hearing in consultation with District Collector. The authenticated list of flora and fauna was submitted.  It was stated by the proponent that there is no settlement within the core zone.  It was also stated by the proponent that the Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary, reported to be at a distance of 7 km is yet to be notified.  The groundwater level is reported to very between 20 – 22 m bgl during post monsoon and 20 – 28 m bgl during pre-monsoon.  It was also stated that only deeper aquifers are pre-dominant in the study area.  The ultimate pit limit will be 18 m bgl and will not intersect groundwater table.  It was also stated that the limestone formation in this area consist of alternate layers of harder shale, limestone and softer marl and hence surface miners cannot be used. Water requirement will be 40 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater.  The area is in semi critical zone and as per the guidelines of CGWA, based on the water requirement, no permission from CGWA is required for drawl of groundwater.  The OB would be dumped in non mineralized area adjoining to the mine lease.  Backfilling will start from 2nd year and the temporary dump will be liquidated.  The other issues raised by the Committee were also clarified.    

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following condition:-

(i)      Prior permission from the Standing Committee for the National Board for Wildlife, as applicable, may be obtained.

2.9     Mining Lease of M/s Khanija Enterprises, villages Kondli & Mavinahalli, Gubbi Taluk, District Tumkur, Karnataka (Consultant: Metamorphosis, Bangalore)  

The proposal was earlier listed for consideration by the EAC during its meeting held on March 25-26, 2010; however, consideration of proposal was deferred as the proponent absented from the meeting.  Now after receipt of their request, the proposal was placed before the Committee. The proposal was considered and the proponent made a presentation before EAC. The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fall due in 2005 and enhancement of production of 1.91 lakh TPA of iron ore, 21,000 TPA of manganese ore, 1.06 lakh TPA of clay and 61,000 TPA of dolomite. TOR for this project were prescribed on 31.7.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 7.10.2009.  The mine lease area is 129.50 ha, which includes 29.11 ha of forestland.  Forestry clearance is yet to be obtained.  Mine working will be opencast mechanized. Ultimate working depth will be 860 m AMSL.  The groundwater table is reported to be varying between 40 – 50 m below general ground level.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee sought information on the following:-

(i)           Year-wise production detail for each of the mineral should be given clearly indicating the highest production achieved prior to the EIA Notification, 1994 coming into force.

(ii)          Copy of the forestry clearance for the forestland involved in the project. 

(iii)        A copy of the mine lease indicating the minerals for which environmental clearance is being sought. 

(iv)        Filled in Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by MoEF. 

(v)          Location of any National Park / Sanctuary, if any, within 10 km of the mine lease on a map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. 

(vi)        Information relating to site elevation, working depth (present and ultimate), groundwater table should be given both in bgl and AMSL.

(vii)       It may categorically be clarified whether any blasting is proposed in the project or not. 

(viii)      Peak water requirement for the project with item-wise break up along with source.  Requisite permission from the competent authority for drawl of water for the project should also be given.  Measures proposed for water conservation such as rainwater harvesting, recirculation and re-use of water in the project along with water balance should be given. 

(ix)        Details of waste generation and its management should be given. 

(x)          Details of progressive mine closure plan, greenbelt development plan, post mine land use should be given. 

(xi)        Details of occupational health measures provided / to be provided to the workers should be given. 

(xii)       Action plan to address the issues raised during public hearing including time targets and financial allocation should be given. 

(xiii)      The noise level measurement may be rechecked and resubmitted.

(xiv)      Primary survey of flora and fauna should be redone and results furnished.

(xv)       The location of the temple w.r.t. the mine lease and measures proposed to minimize the impact of mining operation on the temple should be given.  It may clearly be indicated whether the said temple falls in the protected monuments by Archaeological Survey of India or any other such agency.  If so, their NOC may be obtained and furnished. 

(xvi)      Cost of EMP both capital and recurring should be given. 

                      It was decided that the proposal be brought back before the Committee for its further consideration after the requisite information as mentioned above has been received.  In the meantime, the file may be closed.

2.10   Laterite Mining of M/s J. Lakshmana Rao, Village Bhamidika, Tehsil Sarugudu Grampanchayat, Nathavaram Mandal, District Visakhapatnam (Consultant: S.V. Envirolabs & Consultants, Visakhapatnam)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 1 million TPA of laterite.  Mine lease area is 121 ha.  No forestland is involved.  The mine lease is reported to be at a distance of about 88 km from the identified critically polluted area.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  The water table is reported to be 60 m bgl during post monsoon.  Mine working will not intersect ground water table.  

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)           A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

2)           All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee. 

3)           The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

4)           Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features should be indicated.

5)           Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases and submitted.   

6)           Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

7)           A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

8)           Impact of change of land use should be given. 

9)           R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished. While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

10)        One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica, should be given. 

11)        Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any, and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

12)        The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should be indicated. 

13)        Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

14)        Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project should be given.

15)        Impact of the project on the water quality, both surface and groundwater table, should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required, should be provided.

16)        Based on actual monitored data, it may clearly be shown whether working will intersect groundwater.  Necessary data and documentation in this regard may be provided.  In case the working will intersect groundwater table, a detailed hydro geological study should be undertaken and report furnished.  Necessary permission from Central Ground Water Authority for working below ground water and for pumping of ground water should also be obtained and copy furnished.

17)        Details of first order stream, if any, passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any, and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

18)        Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

19)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

20)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces, slope angle etc. to be brought out).  

21)        The reclamation plan, post mine land use and progressive greenbelt development plan shall be prepared in tabular form (prescribed format) and submitted.  

22)        Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

23)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

24)        Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

25)        Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted, clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted.   

26)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

27)        Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

28)        Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, occupational health impacts besides other impacts of the projects. 

29)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

30)        Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

31)        The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points should also be followed:-

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)    Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)   Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)   The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)    Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)   While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.11   Shri Bhawani Limestone Mine of M/s Janki Mines & Minerals, village Kamroo, Tehsil Paonta Sahib, District Simour, Himachal Pradesh (Consultant: Udaipur Min –Tech Pvt. Ltd., Udaipur) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for enhancement of production of limestone to 30,000 TPA.  It is a violation case as the proponent have opened the mine without obtaining the requisite prior environmental clearance.  Mine is reported to be closed presently.  Mine lease area is 5.61 ha. No forestland is involved. Life of mine is 44 years.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  Water requirement is 6 kld, which will be obtained from surface water.  It has been considered in MoEF as the SEIAA was in the process of reconstitution.

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)           Year-wise production details since 1994 after the EIA Notification, 1994 coming into force. 

2)           A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

3)           All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee. 

4)           The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)           Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features should be indicated.

6)           Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases and submitted. 

7)           Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

8)           A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

9)           Impact of change of land use should be given. 

10)        R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

11)        One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

12)        Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

13)        The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should be indicated. 

14)        Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

15)        Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project should be given.

16)        Impact of the project on the water quality both surface and groundwater should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

17)        Based on actual monitored data, it may clearly be shown whether working will intersect groundwater.  Necessary data and documentation in this regard may be provided.  In case the working will intersect groundwater table, a detailed hydro geological study should be undertaken and report furnished.  Necessary permission from Central Ground Water Authority for working below ground water and for pumping of ground water should also be obtained and copy furnished.

18)        Details of first order stream, if any passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

19)        Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

20)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

21)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

22)        The reclamation plan, post mine land use and progressive greenbelt development plan shall be prepared in tabular form (prescribed format) and submitted.  

23)        Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

24)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

25)        Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

26)        Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

27)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

28)        Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

29)        Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, occupational health impacts besides other impacts of the projects. 

30)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

31)        Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

32)        The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

 

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points should also be followed:-

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)    Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)   Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)   The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)    Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)   While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.12   Mining (ML no. 19/85) of Sand Stone & Khanda (minor mineral) of M/s Arvind Tiwari, village Makanpur Swami, Tehsil Mandrail, District Karauli, Rajasthan (Consultant: Ramji Mine Envirotech, Jaipur)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which will fall due in December, 2011 and enhancement of production of sand stone (minor mineral) to 50,000 TPA.  The mine lease area is 249.27 ha, which includes 27.5 ha of Charagah land.  No forestland is involved.  Life of mine is 119 years.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving blasting.  It is a violation case as the proponent had increased production during the year 2008-09.  

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)           Year-wise production prior to EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force and clearly stating the highest production achieved in any one year prior to 2006.  It may also be categorically informed whether there had been any increase in production after the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force w.r.t. the highest production achieved prior to 2006. 

2)           A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

3)           All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee. 

4)           The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)           Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features should be indicated.

6)           Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases and submitted. 

7)           A confirmation may be adduced, duly authenticated by the competent authority in the State Government to the effect whether the project falls in Aravalli and whether it is covered by the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 8.4.2005 in the contempt petition (c) 412/2004 in writ petition 202 of 1995 in the matter of Godavarman vs Union of India.

8)           Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

9)           A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

10)        Impact of change of land use should be given. 

11)        R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

12)        One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

13)        Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

14)        The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should be indicated. 

15)        Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

16)        Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project should be given.

17)        Impact of the project on the water quality both surface and groundwater should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

18)        Based on actual monitored data, it may clearly be shown whether working will intersect groundwater.  Necessary data and documentation in this regard may be provided.  In case the working will intersect groundwater table, a detailed hydro geological study should be undertaken and report furnished.  Necessary permission from Central Ground Water Authority for working below ground water and for pumping of ground water should also be obtained and copy furnished.

19)        Details of first order stream, if any passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

20)        Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

21)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

22)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

23)        The reclamation plan, post mine land use and progressive greenbelt development plan shall be prepared in tabular form (prescribed format) and submitted.  

24)        Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

25)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

26)        Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

27)        Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

28)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

29)        Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

30)        Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, occupational health impacts besides other impacts of the projects. 

31)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

32)        Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

33)        The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points should also be followed:-

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)    Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)   Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)   The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)    Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)   While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006.

2.13   Consideration of the order of the Hon’ble National Environment Appellate Authority dated 15th September, 2010 in Appeal no. 18/2009 in the matter of Shri Prafulla Samantra Vs MoEF and others relating to EC to Lanjigarh Bauxite Mining Project of M/s Orissa Mining Corporation Ltd. in Kalahandi and Rayagada Districts of Orissa. (Internal Consideration) 

          The matter was earlier considered by the EAC during its meeting held in December 22-24, 2010.  In accordance with the decision taken, both the EIA reports prepared by (i) TATA AIG, Risk Management Services and (ii) Vimta Labs were obtained and circulated to the Sub Group of the EAC for their consideration.  The Sub Group accordingly examined both the reports and deliberated on the matter. The Sub Group, based on its deliberations informed the EAC about their observations. It was decided that the sub group will prepare its report, which will be considered in the next meeting of EAC to be held in April, 2011.  

2.14   Laterite Iron Ore Mine of M/s V.K. Vhatkar, District Kolhapur, Maharashtra (Internal Consideration)

          In accordance with the decision taken in the last meeting held on February 23-25, 2011, the matter was considered further. At the outset, the Chairman apprised the Committee about a letter written to him by the proponent dated 22.3.2011 along with comments of Dr. A.J.T. Johnsingh, a wildlife expert.  Another member of the Committee drew attention of the Committee towards an article by Dr. Johnsingh and others entitled “Saving Sahyadri” which appeared in the November 20 – December 03, 2010 issue of Frontline Magazine.  The Committee, also took note of the additional written submissions made by the proponent.  During deliberations on the subject, one of the members observed as under:-

“(i)     The proposed mine lease area falls in the crucial wildlife corridor linking Sahyadri Tiger Reserve and Radhanagri Sanctuary.  This corridor is rich in biodiversity, harbours many scheduled species including Indian Bison, Barking deer, Sambar, Murrel fish, having 7 mini cores, and it’s connectivity is crucial for tiger movement.

(i)           ML area is surrounded by 14 RFs of which Manoli RF, Humsavli RF, Amba RF and Gajapur RF are contiguous with the ML area.  Amba-Vishalgarh mini core is thus contiguous.

(ii)          As a policy, Govt. restricts incompatible land uses in such animal corridors crucial for tiger conservation.”

Based on the discussions held and taking cognigence of the letter by the proponent referred to above, containing opinion of another wildlife expert, the Committee decided that the matter may be referred back to the National Tiger Conservation Authority for their re-examination of the matter and giving their views taking into account the additional information submitted by the proponent.  The matter may be brought back before the Committee for its further consideration after the comments of NTCA have been received. 

2.15     River Bed Mining of Sand, Bajri & Boulders (Minor Mineral) River Lalo of M/s Mohd. Inam & Mahboob AAlam located at Village Thapai Ismailpur, Tehsil-Behat, District Saharanpur (12.15 ha) (Consultant: J.M Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same. The proposal is for environmental clearance for mining of 45,000 TPA of sand, bajri, boulders (minor mineral) put together from the bed of river Lalo in Thapal Ismailpur village, District Saharanpur, U.P.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 31.5.2010. Public hearing has been held on 8.11.2010. The mine lease area is 12.15 ha. No forestland is involved. It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of the inter-state boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand within 10 km. Rajaji National Park is located at a distance of 3.5 km from the mine lease. The proponent have submitted a letter from Chief Wildlife Warden dated 24.12.2010 conveying their NOC for the 13 mines beyond 2 km of the Rajaji National Park including this mine. The Elephant Reserve boundary is at a distance of 0.175 km.  Mine working will be semi-mechanised. Ultimate working depth will be 2 m from river bed level.  Excavation will be done in half meter slice at a time with a maximum of 4 slices.  The river bed water level is reported to be 3 - 6 m below river bed level.  The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within permissible limit.  It was also reported that no nesting of turtles was observed during their primary observation period although secondary data reports nesting of turtles in the region.  The proponent have also submitted a letter from the Directorate of Geology and Mines, Govt. of U.P. dated 25.3.2011 stating that there is no provision for approval of mine plan for minor minerals other than in-situ rock deposit. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)           The proponent will observe every 15 days for nesting of any turtle in the area. Based on the observations so made, if turtle nesting is observed, necessary safeguard measures shall be taken in consultation with the State Wildlife Department. 

(ii)          A study will be got carried out through an expert agency like CWC relating to replenishment of the mineral (siltation study) so as to ensure that the quantity of mineral to be removed does not exceed the siltation to avoid over exploitation of mineral which may adversely affect the dynamics of the river. 

2.16     River Bed Mining of Sand, Bajri & Boulders (Minor Mineral) River Kaluwala Rao of M/s Vikas Agarwal & Wajid Ali located at Village Kaluwala Jahanpur (Dakshin), District Saharanpur (6.48 ha) (Consultant: J.M Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for environmental clearance for mining of 45,000 TPA of sand, bajri, boulders (minor mineral) put together from the bed of river Kaluwala Rao in Kaluwala Jahanpur (Dakshin) village, District Saharanpur, U.P.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 31.5.2010.  Public hearing has been held on 18.11.2010.  The mine lease area is 6.48 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of the inter-state boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand within 10 km.  Rajaji National Park is located at a distance of 9.5 km from the mine lease.  The proponent have submitted a letter from Chief Wildlife Warden dated 24.12.2010 conveying their NOC for the 13 mines beyond 2 km of the Rajaji National Park including this mine.  The Elephant Reserve boundary at a distance of 0.518 km.  Mine working will be semi-mechanised.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 m from river bed level.  Excavation will be done in half meter slice at a time with a maximum of 4 slices.  The river bed water level is reported to be 3 - 6 m below river bed level.  The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within permissible limit. It was also reported that no nesting of turtles was observed during their primary observation period although secondary data, reports, nesting of turtles in the region.  The proponent have also submitted a letter from the Directorate of Geology and Mines, Govt. of U.P. dated 25.3.2011 stating that there is no provision for approval of mine plan for minor minerals other than in-situ rock deposit.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)           The proponent will observe every 15 days for nesting of any turtle in the area.  Based on the observations so made, if turtle nesting is observed, necessary safeguard measures shall be taken in consultation with the State Wildlife Department. 

(ii)          A study will be got carried out through an expert agency like CWC relating to replenishment of the mineral (siltation study) so as to ensure that the quantity of mineral to be removed does not exceed the siltation to avoid over exploitation of mineral which may adversely affect the dynamics of the river. 

2.17     River Bed Mining of Sand, Bajri & Boulders (Minor Mineral) River Badshahibagh Rao of M/s Amit Jain & Naseem located at Village Mayapur Rooppur, District Saharanpur (14.87 ha) (Consultant: J.M Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for environmental clearance for mining of 1,17,000 TPA of sand, bajri, boulders (minor mineral) put together from the bed of river Badshahibagh Rao in Mayapur Rooppur village, District Saharanpur, U.P.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 31.5.2010.  Public hearing has been held on 19.11.2010.  The mine lease area is 14.87 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of the inter-state boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand within 10 km.    The Elephant Reserve boundary at a distance of 1.52 km.  Mine working will be semi-mechanised.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 m from river bed level.  Excavation will be done in half meter slice at a time with a maximum of 4 slices.  The river bed water level is reported to be 3 - 6 m below river bed level.  The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within permissible limit.  It was also reported that no nesting of turtles was observed during their primary observation period although secondary data, reports, nesting of turtles in the region.  The proponent have also submitted a letter from the Directorate of Geology and Mines, Govt. of U.P. dated 25.3.2011 stating that there is no provision for approval of mine plan for minor minerals other than in-situ rock deposit.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there was a court case relating to the procedure to be adopted for allocation of the mine i.e. auction Vs. renewal and hence it has no bearing to obtaining environmental clearance. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions and subject to final outcome of the court case:-

(i)           The proponent will observe every 15 days for nesting of any turtle in the area.  Based on the observations so made, if turtle nesting is observed, necessary safeguard measures shall be taken in consultation with the State Wildlife Department. 

(ii)          A study will be got carried out through an expert agency like CWC relating to replenishment of the mineral (siltation study) so as to ensure that the quantity of mineral to be removed does not exceed the siltation to avoid over exploitation of mineral which may adversely affect the dynamics of the river. 

2.18     River Bed Mining of Sand, Bajri & Boulders (Minor Mineral) River Yamuna of M/s Mahmood Ali, Punit Jain & Mukesh Jain located at Village Nunyari Aahtmaal, District Saharanpur (24.29 ha) (Consultant: J.M Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for environmental clearance for mining of 99,000 TPA of sand, bajri, boulders (minor mineral) put together from the bed of river Yamuna in Nunyari Aahtmaal village, District Saharanpur, U.P.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 31.5.2010.  Public hearing has been held on 20.11.2010.  The mine lease area is 24.29 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of the inter-state boundary of U.P. and Haryana within 10 km.  Mine working will be semi-mechanised.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 m from river bed level.  Excavation will be done in half meter slice at a time with a maximum of 4 slices.  The river bed water level is reported to be 3 - 6 m below river bed level.  The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within permissible limit. It was also reported that no nesting of turtles was observed during their primary observation period although secondary data, reports, nesting of turtles in the region.  The proponent have also submitted a letter from the Directorate of Geology and Mines, Govt. of U.P. dated 25.3.2011 stating that there is no provision for approval of mine plan for minor minerals other than in-situ rock deposit.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there was a court case relating to the procedure to be adopted for allocation of the mine i.e. auction Vs. renewal and hence it has no bearing to obtaining environmental clearance. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions and subject to final outcome of the court case:-

(i)           The proponent will observe every 15 days for nesting of any turtle in the area.  Based on the observations so made, if turtle nesting is observed, necessary safeguard measures shall be taken in consultation with the State Wildlife Department. 

(ii)          A study will be got carried out through an expert agency like CWC relating to replenishment of the mineral (siltation study) so as to ensure that the quantity of mineral to be removed does not exceed the siltation to avoid over exploitation of mineral which may adversely affect the dynamics of the river. 

2.19     River Bed Mining of Sand, Bajri & Boulders (Minor Mineral) River Solani of M/s Mahmood Ali & Dilshad located at Village Thapal Islampur, District Saharanpur (12.06 ha) (Consultant: J.M. Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon)  ]

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for environmental clearance for mining of 45,000 TPA of sand, bajri, boulders (minor mineral) put together from the bed of river Solani in Thapal Islampur village, District Saharanpur, U.P.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 31.5.2010.  Public hearing has been held on 10.11.2010.  The mine lease area is 12.06 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of the inter-state boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand within 10 km.  Rajaji National Park is located at a distance of 8.5 km from the mine lease. The proponent have submitted a letter from Chief Wildlife Warden dated 24.12.2010 conveying their NOC for the 13 mines beyond 2 km of the Rajaji National Park including this mine.  The Elephant Reserve boundary at a distance of 1.53 km. Mine working will be semi-mechanised.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 m from river bed level.  Excavation will be done in half meter slice at a time with a maximum of 4 slices. The river bed water level is reported to be 3 - 6 m below river bed level. The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within permissible limit.  It was also reported that no nesting of turtles was observed during their primary observation period although secondary data, reports, nesting of turtles in the region.  The proponent have also submitted a letter from the Directorate of Geology and Mines, Govt. of U.P. dated 25.3.2011 stating that there is no provision for approval of mine plan for minor minerals other than in-situ rock deposit.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)           The proponent will observe every 15 days for nesting of any turtle in the area.  Based on the observations so made, if turtle nesting is observed, necessary safeguard measures shall be taken in consultation with the State Wildlife Department. 

(ii)          A study will be got carried out through an expert agency like CWC relating to replenishment of the mineral (siltation study) so as to ensure that the quantity of mineral to be removed does not exceed the siltation to avoid over exploitation of mineral which may adversely affect the dynamics of the river. 

2.20     River Bed Mining of Sand, Bajri & Boulders (Minor Mineral) River Kaluwala Rao of M/s Amit Jain & Naseem located at Village Abdullapur, District Saharanpur (5.59 ha) (Consultant: J.M. Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for environmental clearance for mining of 45,000 TPA of sand, bajri, boulders (minor mineral) put together from the bed of river Kaluwala Rao in Abdullapur village, District Saharanpur, U.P.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 31.5.2010.  Public hearing has been held on 18.11.2010.  The mine lease area is 5.59 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of the inter-state boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand within 10 km.  Rajaji National Park is located at a distance of 9.5 km from the mine lease.  The proponent have submitted a letter from Chief Wildlife Warden dated 24.12.2010 conveying their NOC for the 13 mines beyond 2 km of the Rajaji National Park including this mine.  The Elephant Reserve boundary at a distance of 5.0 km. Mine working will be semi-mechanised.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 m from river bed level.  Excavation will be done in half meter slice at a time with a maximum of 4 slices.  The river bed water level is reported to be 3 - 6 m below river bed level. The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within permissible limit.  It was also reported that no nesting of turtles was observed during their primary observation period although secondary data, reports, nesting of turtles in the region.  The proponent have also submitted a letter from the Directorate of Geology and Mines, Govt. of U.P. dated 25.3.2011 stating that there is no provision for approval of mine plan for minor minerals other than in-situ rock deposit. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)           The proponent will observe every 15 days for nesting of any turtle in the area.  Based on the observations so made, if turtle nesting is observed, necessary safeguard measures shall be taken in consultation with the State Wildlife Department. 

(ii)          A study will be got carried out through an expert agency like CWC relating to replenishment of the mineral (siltation study) so as to ensure that the quantity of mineral to be removed does not exceed the siltation to avoid over exploitation of mineral which may adversely affect the dynamics of the river. 

 

2.21     River Bed Mining of Sand, Bajri & Boulders (Minor Mineral) River Solani of M/s Vikas Agarwal & Wajid Ali located at Village Badshahpur, District Saharanpur (8.91 ha) (Consultant: J.M. Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for environmental clearance for mining of 72,000 TPA of sand, bajri, boulders (minor mineral) put together from the bed of river Solani in Badshahpur village, District Saharanpur, U.P.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 31.5.2010.  Public hearing has been held on 10.11.2010.  The mine lease area is 8.91 ha.  No forestland is involved. It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of the inter-state boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand within 10 km.  Rajaji National Park is located at a distance of 5.6 km from the mine lease.  The proponent have submitted a letter from Chief Wildlife Warden dated 24.12.2010 conveying their NOC for the 13 mines beyond 2 km of the Rajaji National Park including this mine. The Elephant Reserve boundary at a distance of 2.0 km. Mine working will be semi-mechanised.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 m from river bed level.  Excavation will be done in half meter slice at a time with a maximum of 4 slices.  The river bed water level is reported to be 3 - 6 m below river bed level.  The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within permissible limit.  It was also reported that no nesting of turtles was observed during their primary observation period although secondary data, reports, nesting of turtles in the region.  The proponent have also submitted a letter from the Directorate of Geology and Mines, Govt. of U.P. dated 25.3.2011 stating that there is no provision for approval of mine plan for minor minerals other than in-situ rock deposit.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there was a court case relating to the procedure to be adopted for allocation of the mine i.e. auction Vs. renewal and hence it has no bearing to obtaining environmental clearance. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions and subject to final outcome of the court case:-

(i)           The proponent will observe every 15 days for nesting of any turtle in the area.  Based on the observations so made, if turtle nesting is observed, necessary safeguard measures shall be taken in consultation with the State Wildlife Department. 

(ii)          A study will be got carried out through an expert agency like CWC relating to replenishment of the mineral (siltation study) so as to ensure that the quantity of mineral to be removed does not exceed the siltation to avoid over exploitation of mineral which may adversely affect the dynamics of the river. 

2.22     River Bed Mining of Sand, Bajri & Boulders (Minor Mineral) River Kaluwala Rao of M/s Amit Jain & Naseem located at Village Jayantipur Bans Ahatmaal, District Saharanpur (7.69 ha) (Consultant: J.M. Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for environmental clearance for mining of 45,000 TPA of sand, bajri, boulders (minor mineral) put together from the bed of river Kaluwala Rao in Jayantipur Bans Ahatmaal village, District Saharanpur, U.P.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 31.5.2010.  Public hearing has been held on 15.11.2010.  The mine lease area is 7.69 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of the inter-state boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand within 10 km.  Rajaji National Park is located at a distance of 9.5 km from the mine lease.  The proponent have submitted a letter from Chief Wildlife Warden dated 24.12.2010 conveying their NOC for the 13 mines beyond 2 km of the Rajaji National Park including this mine.  The Elephant Reserve boundary at a distance of 5.06 km. Mine working will be semi-mechanised.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 m from river bed level.  Excavation will be done in half meter slice at a time with a maximum of 4 slices. The river bed water level is reported to be 3 - 6 m below river bed level. The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within permissible limit.  It was also reported that no nesting of turtles was observed during their primary observation period although secondary data, reports, nesting of turtles in the region.  The proponent have also submitted a letter from the Directorate of Geology and Mines, Govt. of U.P. dated 25.3.2011 stating that there is no provision for approval of mine plan for minor minerals other than in-situ rock deposit.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)           The proponent will observe every 15 days for nesting of any turtle in the area.  Based on the observations so made, if turtle nesting is observed, necessary safeguard measures shall be taken in consultation with the State Wildlife Department. 

(ii)          A study will be got carried out through an expert agency like CWC relating to replenishment of the mineral (siltation study) so as to ensure that the quantity of mineral to be removed does not exceed the siltation to avoid over exploitation of mineral which may adversely affect the dynamics of the river. 

2.23     River Bed Mining of Sand, Bajri & Boulders (Minor Mineral) River Lalo of M/s Mohd. Inam & Mahboob Aalam located at Village Thapal Ismailpur, District Saharanpur (7.00 ha) (Consultant: J.M. Environet Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for environmental clearance for mining of 45,000 TPA of sand, bajri, boulders (minor mineral) put together from the bed of river Lalo in Thapal Ismailpur village, District Saharanpur, U.P.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 31.5.2010.  Public hearing has been held on 11.11.2010.  The mine lease area is 7.0 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of the inter-state boundary of U.P. and Uttarakhand within 10 km.  Rajaji National Park is located at a distance of 3.0 km from the mine lease. The proponent have submitted a letter from Chief Wildlife Warden dated 24.12.2010 conveying their NOC for the 13 mines beyond 2 km of the Rajaji National Park including this mine.  The Elephant Reserve boundary at a distance of 0.1 km. Mine working will be semi-mechanised.  Ultimate working depth will be 2 m from river bed level.  Excavation will be done in half meter slice at a time with a maximum of 4 slices.  The river bed water level is reported to be 3 - 6 m below river bed level.  The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within permissible limit.  It was also reported that no nesting of turtles was observed during their primary observation period although secondary data, reports, nesting of turtles in the region.  The proponent have also submitted a letter from the Directorate of Geology and Mines, Govt. of U.P. dated 25.3.2011 stating that there is no provision for approval of mine plan for minor minerals other than in-situ rock deposit. The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance subject to following conditions:-

(i)           The proponent will observe every 15 days for nesting of any turtle in the area.  Based on the observations so made, if turtle nesting is observed, necessary safeguard measures shall be taken in consultation with the State Wildlife Department. 

(ii)          A study will be got carried out through an expert agency like CWC relating to replenishment of the mineral (siltation study) so as to ensure that the quantity of mineral to be removed does not exceed the siltation to avoid over exploitation of mineral which may adversely affect the dynamics of the river. 

2.24     Sand Stone (minor mineral) Mining Project of M/s Thekedar Shiv Charan Lal Gupta located at village Langra, Tehsil Mandrail, District Karauli, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultants, Jodhpur) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for enhancement of production of sand stone (minor mineral) to 14,000 TPA.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 3.1.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 25.2.2009.  Mine lease area is 108.69 ha.  No forestland is involved.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Life of mine is 354 years.  Mine working will be opencast manual involving blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 294 m AMSL. Groundwater table varies between 280 – 270 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Ambient air quality data showed the levels within permissible limit. Water requirement is 3 kld, which will be obtained from mine sump and nearby villages.  It is estimated that 27,62,500 m3 of waste will be generated during mine life, which will be backfilled.  At the end of the mine life, plantation will be raised in an area of 70.2 ha.  Water body will be created in an area of 29.8 ha.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance.

 

2.25     Collection of Minor Mineral (Sand, Stone & Bajri) from River Giri of M/s Allstone Mines & Minerals Pvt. Ltd., Village Rampur Ghat, Tehsil Panota Sahib, District Sirmour, H.P. (TOR) 

The consideration of the proposal was deferred as the project proponent did not attend the meeting.

2.26     Sand, Stone and Bajri (minor mineral) of M/s Jai Bhole Shankar Stone Crusher, village Mauza Samtana Khurd, Tehsil Barsar, District Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh (Consultant: Eco Laboratories & Consultants, Mohali) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for mining of 43,423 TPA of sand, stone and bajri put together from the bed of Sukker khad.  Mine lease area is 5 ha.  It has been considered in MoEF as the SEIAA was in the process of reconstitution.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual and will be restricted up to 3 feet.  Mineral transportation will be by road.  It was noted that the baseline AAQ data collection has already started and Committee agreed to the request of the proponent to allow them to use the same for the purpose of EIA report.  The Committee agreed to the request provided it meets the monitoring protocol. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)           All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)           The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)           Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)           The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)           Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)           Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)           Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)           The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)           A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)        Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)        A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)        Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)        Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna, site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)        Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.  The impact of stone crusher nearby should also be taken into account. 

16)        The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should be indicated. 

17)        Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)        Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)        Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)        Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)        Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)        Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These along with details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)        Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)        Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.  It should also address the impact due to stone crusher nearby. 

27)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)        Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)        The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)    Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)   Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)   The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)    Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)   While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.27     Sand, Stone and Bajri (minor mineral) of M/s Diamond Enterprises, village Mauza Lodhwan, Tehsil Nurpur, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh (Consultant: Shivalik Solid Waste Management Ltd., Solan) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease which fell due in August, 2010 and enhancement of production of sand, stone and bajri put together to 1,00,000 TPA (Terrace Mining).  It is a violation case as the mine has been in operation without obtaining requisite prior environment clearance after the renewal fell due in 2010.  Mine lease area is 8.5555 ha.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of inter-state boundary with Punjab within 10 km of the mine lease.  No forestland is involved.  It being a terrace mining, will be outside the river at a distance of about 100 m.  Mine working will be opencast manual.  Ultimate working depth of mine will be 6 m from surface level.  Mineral transportation will be by road.  It was noted that the baseline AAQ data collection has already started and Committee agreed to the request of the proponent to allow them to use the same for the purpose of EIA report.  The Committee agreed to the request provided it meets the monitoring protocol. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)           Year-wise production prior to EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force and clearly stating the highest production achieved in any one year prior to 2006.  It may also be categorically informed whether there had been any increase in production after the EIA Notification, 2006 coming into force w.r.t. the highest production achieved prior to 2006. 

2)           A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

3)           All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee.  The mine plan should take into account the conditions of the mine lease, if any, in terms of distance to be left un-worked from the river flowing nearby.

4)           The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)           Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features should be indicated.

6)           Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases and submitted. 

7)           Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

8)           A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] shall be carried out covering both terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present.

9)           Impact of change of land use should be given.

10)        Impact of mining on the hydrology of the area including water flow in the river adjoining the mine lease.  It should also take into account the inundation of mined out area due to flow of water from the river.   

11)        R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

12)        One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

13)        Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.  The impact of stone crusher nearby should also be taken into account. 

14)        The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should be indicated. 

15)        Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

16)        Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project should be given.

17)        Impact of the project on the water quality both surface and groundwater should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

18)        Based on actual monitored data, it may clearly be shown whether working will intersect groundwater.  Necessary data and documentation in this regard may be provided.  In case the working will intersect groundwater table, a detailed hydro geological study should be undertaken and report furnished.  Necessary permission from Central Ground Water Authority for working below ground water and for pumping of ground water should also be obtained and copy furnished.

19)        Details of first order stream, if any passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

20)        Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

21)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

22)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

23)        The reclamation plan, post mine land use and progressive greenbelt development plan shall be prepared in tabular form (prescribed format) and submitted.  

24)        Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

25)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

26)        Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

27)        Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

28)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.  Special attention should be given in view of the stone crusher nearby. 

29)        Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

30)        Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, occupational health impacts besides other impacts of the projects.  It should also take into account the impacts due to stone crusher nearby and also provide for preventing the silt from going into the river. 

31)        Risk assessment and disaster management plan due to inundation of mine as a result of its location close to the river should also be examined and addressed.

32)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

33)        Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

34)        The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points should also be followed:-

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)    Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)   Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)   The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)    Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)   While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.28     Sand, Bajri and Boulder (minor mineral) of M/s Jai Baba Stone Crusher, Tehsil Barsar, District Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh (Consultant: Eco Laboratories & Consultants, Mohali) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for mining of 35,900 TPA of sand, bajri and boulder put together from the bed of Sukker Khad.  Mine lease area is 7.18 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It has been considered in MoEF as the SEIAA was in the process of reconstitution.  Mine working will be opencast manual and will be restricted up to 3 feet.  Mineral transportation will be by road.  It was noted that the baseline AAQ data collection has already started and Committee agreed to the request of the proponent to allow them to use the same for the purpose of EIA report.  The Committee agreed to the request provided it meets the monitoring protocol. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)           All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)           The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)           Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)           The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)           Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)           Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)           Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)           The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)           A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)        Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)        A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)        Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)        Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna, site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)        Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.  The impact of stone crusher nearby should also be taken into account. 

16)        The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should be indicated. 

17)        Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)        Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)        Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)        Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)        Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)        Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These along with details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)        Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)        Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.  It should also address the impact due to stone crusher nearby. 

27)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)        Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)        The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)    Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)   Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)   The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)    Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)   While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.29     Sand, Stone and Bajri (minor mineral) of M/s Krishna Stone Crusher, village Riyali, Tehsil Fatehpur, District Kangra, H.P. (Consultant: IDMA Laboratories Ltd., Panchkula) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

          It was observed during the meeting that the mine lease is in the name of Shri Raghav Singh while the application has been made in the name of M/s Krishna Stone Crusher, who is reported to be power of attorney.  The Committee observed that the application could although be made by the power attorney but it has to be in the name of lessee only.  Accordingly, the proponent was advised to submit the revised application in the name of the lessee in the first instance and thereafter it will be taken up for consideration in the next meeting of the EAC to be held in April, 2011. 

2.30     Sand Stone and Bajri of M/s Himachal Stone Crushing Co., village Riyali, Tehsil Fatehpur, District Kangra, H.P. (Consultant: IDMA Laboratories Ltd., Panchkula) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

It was observed during the meeting that the documentation for consideration of proposal was deficient and accordingly the consideration of the proposal was deferred to the next meeting to be held in April, 2011 during which time the proponent will submit the revised documents. 

2.31     Sand, Stone and Bajri (minor mineral) of M/s Goyal Crushing Co., village Manpur Devra, Tehsil Paonta Sahib, District Sirmour, H.P. (Consultant: Shivalik Solid Waste Management Ltd., Solan) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

 

The proposal is for mining of 1,00,000 TPA of sand, stone and bajri put together from the bed of river Giri.  Mine lease area is 10.53 ha.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of the inter-state boundary with Uttarakhand within 10 km.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual and will be restricted up to one meter from river bed level.  Mineral transportation will be by road.  It was noted that the baseline AAQ data collection has already started and Committee agreed to the request of the proponent to allow them to use the same for the purpose of EIA report.  The Committee agreed to the request provided it meets the monitoring protocol. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)           All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)           The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)           Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)           The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)           Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)           Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)           Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)           The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)           A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)        Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)        A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)        Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)        Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna, site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)        Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.  The impact of stone crusher nearby should also be taken into account. 

16)        The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should be indicated. 

17)        Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)        Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)        Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)        Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)        Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)        Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These along with details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)        Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)        Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.  It should also address the impact due to stone crusher nearby. 

27)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)        Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)        The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)    Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)   Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)   The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)    Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)   While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.32     Sand Stone and Bajri of M/s Golden Karamjot Stone Crusher, Village Riyali, Tehsil Fatehpur, District Kangra, H.P. (Consultant: IDMA Laboratories Ltd., Panchkula ) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

It was observed during the meeting that the documentation for consideration of proposal was deficient and accordingly the consideration of the proposal was deferred to the next meeting to be held in April, 2011 during which time the proponent will submit the revised documents. 

 

2.33     Ajitaburu Manganese & Iron Ore Mines of M/s Devkabai Velji located at District Singhbhum, Jharkhand (EC)

The consideration of the proposal was deferred at the request of the project proponent.

 

2.34     Sandstone (minor mineral) Mining Project of M/s Roop Narain Pandey located at village Atewa, Kalyani, Tehsil Karauli, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultants, Jodhpur)

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease and enhancement of production of sandstone (minor mineral) to 30,000 TPA.  TOR for this project were prescribed on3.1.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 19.2.2009.  Mine lease area is 534.34 ha, which include 88.4 ha of grazing land. No forestland is involved.  Kelan Devi Wildlife Sanctuary is reported to be at a distance of 4 km from the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 294 m AMSL (6 m bgl).  Groundwater table is reported to vary between 280 – 270 m AMSL. The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within permissible limits barring a few locations where RSPM (PM10) levels were on higher side.  Water requirement is estimated as 6 kld, which will be obtained from accumulated rainwater and nearby villages.  Authenticated list of flora and fauna was also provided.  It is estimated that 74,14,250 m3 of waste will be generated, which will be backfilled.  The waste will temporarily be stored at the earmarked site.  At the end of the mine life, an area of 188.20 ha will be covered under plantation.  Water body will be developed in an area of 79.8 ha.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project. 

Based on the presentation made and discussions held, the Committee deferred its recommendations on the project for want of NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden as the Kelan Devi Wildlife Sanctuary is reported at a distance of 4 km. 

2.35     Kasia Iron Ore Mine of M/s Tej Bahadur Lal located at village Kasia, District Keonjhar, Orissa (Consultant: Envowmin Consultant Pvt. Ltd., Bhubaneswar) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee and the proponent made a presentation on the same.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fell due in December, 2007 and enhancement of production of iron ore to 0.202 million TPA.  It is a violation case as the mine has continued to operate without obtaining requisite prior environmental clearance after it fell due in December, 2007.  The mine is reported to be closed presently since 2009.  The mine lease area is 77.50 ha, which include 49.64 ha of forestland.  It was stated by the proponent that their proposal for forestry clearance is at the State level and that they have already deposited the NPV amount in this regard.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 4.9.2008.  Public hearing has been held on 12.11.2010.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting. Life of mine is 11 years. Ultimate working depth will be 480 m AMSL.  Groundwater table is at 450 m AMSL.  Mine working will not intersect groundwater table.  Water requirement is 40 kld, which will be obtained from groundwater.  It is estimated that 8,97,800 m3 of waste will be generated during the mine life.  The waste will be dumped in an area of 8.4 ha.  The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within permissible limits.  Authenticated list of flora and fauna has also been provided.  Elephant and sloth bear are reported in the study area.  A site specific Wildlife Conservation Plan, approved at a financial outlay of 64 lakhs, will be implemented under the supervision State Forest Department.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance up to 2012 as the approved mine plan was only up to that period.  

2.36     Sanindpur Iron & Manganese Mine of M/s National Enterprises located at District Sundergarh, Orissa (Consultant: SENES Consultants India Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee.  It was observed that the project documents submitted by the proponent were not mutually consistent.  The mine plan was found to be for a higher capacity.  In view of the same, the consideration of the proposal was deferred till all the documents are mutually consistent. 

2.37     Parambaljori Iron Ore Mine of M/s Anindita Trades & Investments Ltd. located in village Parambaljori, District West Singhbhum, Jharkhand. 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on November 23-24, 2009 wherein the Committee had deferred its recommendation for want of NOC from Chief Wildlife Warden as the project is located within the core zone of Singhbhum Elephant Reserve.  The proponent submitted a letter from Chief Wildlife Warden dated 23rd August, 2010, wherein it has been stated that the proponent would contribute a proportionate amount towards implementation of comprehensive wildlife conservation plan to be prepared for the area. A decision to prepare the said Wildlife Conservation Plan has been taken on the directions of the Government of India.  Further, as the said project falls within identified severely polluted area, comments of State Pollution Control Board were also obtained. The SPCB have stated that the RSPM values near the mine lease area are slightly higher (based on data collected on June 16-17, 2010) and may further increase.  It has also been apprehended water pollution may increase, as adequate check dams have not been provided.  The proponent stated that subsequent to the data referred to by SPCB, illegal mining in the area has reportedly stopped. Further, they have a proposal to increase the frequency of water sprinkling on haul road and other critical areas. Transportation of material is proposed by covered trucks. As a result, the water requirement which was earlier proposed as 40 kld would be enhanced to 60 kld.  Check dams (3 in the mine lease area and 3 outside) are proposed to prevent water pollution. The seasonal nallah flowing through the mine lease will remain undisturbed. The used oil will be sold to only authorized recyclers.  Oil and grease trap will be provided. 

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee observed that since the said project is to be located in non forest area and have committed to contribute towards implementation of Wildlife Conservation Plan and have proposed various safeguard measures for control of air and water pollution and therefore recommended the project for environmental clearance.

 

2.38     Ball Clay & China Clay Mine of M/s Rajasthan Clay, village Litaria, Tehsil Jaitaran, District Pali, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultants, Jodhpur)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for enhancement of capacity from 15,000 TPA to 1,50,000 TPA of ball clay and china clay and 25,000 TPA of silica sand.  The mine lease is reported to be located at a distance of 111 km from the identified critically polluted area of Pali.  It was observed that the lease has been granted only for ball clay and china clay and therefore the proposal for silica sand could not be considered.  It was further observed that the earlier environmental clearance was granted in the name of Shri Narpat Singh.  Subsequent to the transfer of the said mine lease from the earlier lessee i.e. Shri Narpat Singh to the present lessee M/s Rajasthan Clay, the environment clearance granted earlier has not yet been transferred in the name of new lessee.  The Committee, therefore, desired that the earlier EC should in the first instance, be got transferred to the new lessee and thereafter the new lessee should apply for environmental clearance afresh.

2.39     Lohagarh Soapstone Mine of M/s Associated Soapstone Co. Pvt. Ltd., village Lohagarh, Tehsil Dhariyawad, District Pratapgarh, Rajasthan (Consultant: R.K. Consultant, Jodhpur) 

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fell due from January, 2011 for production of 30,000 TPA of soapstone.  The mine lease area is 85.31 ha.  No forestland is involved. Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  Life of mine is 23 years.  Groundwater table is reported to vary between 8 – 15 m bgl.  Mine working will intersect groundwater table.  Water requirement is 22 kld, which will be obtained from PHED supply.  It is estimated that 61,67,084 m3 of waste will be generated at the end of the mine life.  Backfilling is proposed.

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)           Year-wise production details since 1994 onwards should be given clearly stating the highest production achieved in any one year prior to 1994.  It may also be categorically informed whether there had been any increase in production after the EIA Notification, 1994 coming into force w.r.t. the highest production achieved prior to 1994. 

2)           A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

3)           All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee. 

4)           The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)           Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features should be indicated.

6)           Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases and submitted. 

7)           A confirmation may be adduced, duly authenticated by the competent authority in the State Government to the effect whether the project falls in Aravalli and whether it is covered by the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 8.4.2005 in the contempt petition (c) 412/2004 in writ petition 202 of 1995 in the matter of Godavarman vs Union of India.

8)           Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

9)           A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

10)        Impact of change of land use should be given. 

11)        R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

12)        One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

13)        Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.

14)        The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should be indicated. 

15)        Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

16)        Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project should be given.

17)        Impact of the project on the water quality both surface and groundwater should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

18)        Based on actual monitored data, it may clearly be shown whether working will intersect groundwater.  Necessary data and documentation in this regard may be provided.  In case the working will intersect groundwater table, a detailed hydro geological study should be undertaken and report furnished.  Necessary permission from Central Ground Water Authority for working below ground water and for pumping of ground water should also be obtained and copy furnished.

19)        Details of first order stream, if any passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

20)        Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

21)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

22)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

23)        The reclamation plan, post mine land use and progressive greenbelt development plan shall be prepared in tabular form (prescribed format) and submitted.  

24)        Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

25)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

26)        Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

27)        Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

28)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.

29)        Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

30)        Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, occupational health impacts besides other impacts of the projects. 

31)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

32)        Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

33)        The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points should also be followed:-

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)    Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)   Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)   The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)    Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)   While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.40     Limestone Mine of M/s Zahoor Ahmad Abdul Majid located at Village Pipakhedi, Tehsil Ramganjmandi, District Kota, Rajasthan (Consultant: EC Engineers, Jaipur) 

The proposal was earlier considered by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on August 25-27, 2010 wherein the Committee had sought additional information/clarifications on various related issues. Based on the additional information/clarifications submitted by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  It was stated that 41,37,420 m3 of rejects will be generated during the mine life.  A copy of the eco friendly mine plan approved by the mining engineer, Department of Mines & Geology, Govt. of Rajasthan was also submitted. Chief Wildlife Warden has conveyed their agreement with the proposal of the proponent for construction of an anicut within the sanctuary and also for providing water through tankers during summer season from the mine lease area.  The other issues raised by the Committee were also clarified.

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance. 

2.41     Limestone (minor mineral) Mine (ML no. 43/88) of M/s Shri Chandan Singh, located at Village Borunda/Hariyadhana, District Jodhpur, Rajasthan (Consultant: Ramji Mine Envirotech, Jaipur) 

The proposal was earlier listed for consideration by the Expert Appraisal Committee during its meeting held on July 26-28, 2010, however, consideration of the proposal was deferred for want of mine plan / eco friendly mine plan.  Based on the submission of requisite document by the proponent, the proposal was considered further.  The proposal is for renewal of mine lease, which fell due in March, 2009 and enhancement of production of limestone (minor mineral) to 75,000 TPA.  Mine is reported to be closed since February, 2009.  TOR for this project were prescribed on 23.2.2009.  Public hearing has been held on 24.8.2009.  Mine lease area is 100 ha.  No forestland is involved.  No National Park / Sanctuary is reported within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised involving drilling and blasting.  Ultimate working depth will be 14 m bgl.  Water table is reported to vary between 80 – 100 m bgl.  Mine working will not intersect the groundwater table.  It is estimated that 1.9 million m3 of waste will be generated during mine life, which will initially be dumped in the earmarked site.  Backfilling is proposed, which has already started.  There will be no external OB dump post mining.  At the end of the mine life, an area of 10.86 ha will be backfilled and an area of 9.35 ha will be converted into water body.  Plantation will be raised in an area of 13.45 ha at the end of the mine life.  Peak water requirement for the project is estimated as 15 kld, which will be obtained from ground water and accumulated rainwater.  The baseline AAQ data showed the levels within permissible limits.  The issues raised during public hearing were also considered and discussed during the meeting.  It was reported that there is no court case pending against the project.

Based on the presentation made and discussion held, the Committee recommended the project for environmental clearance.

2.42     Mining Lease of Sand, Stone and Bajri (Minor Minerals) of M/s Lakhwinder Singh, Village Mauza Kothar Beet, Tehsil Haroli, District Una, H.P. (Consultant: Eco Laboratories and Consultants, Mohali)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for opening of a new mine for production of 3,06,600 TPA of sand, stone and bajri put together.  Mine lease area is 9.6872 ha.  No forestland is involved.  It has been considered as Category ‘A’ because of inter-state boundary with Punjab within 10 km of the mine lease.  Mine working will be opencast semi-mechanised without involving blasting.  Mineral transportation will be by road.  It was noted that the baseline AAQ data collection has already started and Committee agreed to the request of the proponent to allow them to use the same for the purpose of EIA report.  The Committee agreed to the request provided it meets the monitoring protocol.

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)           A copy of the document in support of the fact that the proponent is the rightful lessee of the mine should be given. 

2)           All documents including approved mine plan, EIA and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology and should be in the name of the lessee.  The mine plan should take into account the conditions of the mine lease, if any, in terms of distance to be left un-worked from the river flowing nearby.

3)           The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

4)           Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features should be indicated.

5)           Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases and submitted. 

6)           Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed), if any, within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden Necessary clearance, if any, as may be applicable to such projects due to proximity of the ecologically sensitive areas as mentioned above should be obtained from the State Wildlife Department/ Chief Wildlife Warden under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and copy furnished.

7)           A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] shall be carried out covering both terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present.

8)           Impact of change of land use should be given.

9)           Impact of mining on the hydrology of the area including water flow in the river adjoining the mine lease.  It should also take into account the inundation of mined out area due to flow of water from the river.   

10)        R&R plan / compensation details for the project affected people should be furnished.  While preparing the R&R plan, the National Rehabilitation & Resettlement Policy should be kept in view.  In respect of SCs / STs and other weaker sections, need based sample survey, family-wise, should be undertaken to assess their requirement and action programmes prepared accordingly integrating the sectoral programme of line departments of the State Government. 

11)        One season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna shall be collected and the AAQ data so collected presented date-wise in the EIA and EMP report.  Site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  There should be at least one monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given. 

12)        Air quality modeling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modeling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.  The impact of stone crusher nearby should also be taken into account. 

13)        The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should be indicated. 

14)        Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

15)        Details of water conservation measures proposed to be adopted in the project should be given.

16)        Impact of the project on the water quality both surface and groundwater should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

17)        Based on actual monitored data, it may clearly be shown whether working will intersect groundwater.  Necessary data and documentation in this regard may be provided.  In case the working will intersect groundwater table, a detailed hydro geological study should be undertaken and report furnished.  Necessary permission from Central Ground Water Authority for working below ground water and for pumping of ground water should also be obtained and copy furnished.

18)        Details of first order stream, if any passing through lease area and modification/ diversion proposed, if any and the impact of the same on the hydrology should be brought out. 

19)        Details of rainwater harvesting proposed, if any, in the project should be provided. 

20)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table etc. should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same. 

21)        Quantity of solid waste generation to be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.  The quality, volumes and methodology planned for removal and utilisation (preferably concurrently) of top soil should be indicated.  Details of backfilling proposed, if any, should also be given.  It may be clearly indicated that out of the total waste generated during the mine life, how much quantity would be backfilled and how much quantity would be disposed off in the form of external dump (number of dumps, their height, terraces etc. to be brought out).  

22)        The reclamation plan, post mine land use and progressive greenbelt development plan shall be prepared in tabular form (prescribed format) and submitted.  

23)        Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be indicated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) should be worked out, indicating whether it is capable of handling the increased load.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated (including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government) should be covered.

24)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be included in the EIA report.

25)        Conceptual post mining land use and Reclamation and Rehabilitation of mined out area (with plans and with adequate number of sections) should be given in the EIA report.

26)        Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation should be charted clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted. The details of plantation already done should be given. 

27)        Occupational health impact of project should be anticipated and preventive measures initiated.  Details in this regard should be provided. Details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules should be incorporated in the EMP.  Special attention should be given in view of the stone crusher nearby. 

28)        Measures of socio economic significance and influence to the local community proposed to be provided by project proponent should be indicated.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions may be given with time frame for implementation. 

29)        Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts which, should inter-alia also include the impact due to change of land use, due to loss of agricultural land and grazing land, if any, occupational health impacts besides other impacts of the projects.  It should also take into account the impacts due to stone crusher nearby and also provide for preventing the silt from going into the river. 

30)        Risk assessment and disaster management plan due to inundation of mine as a result of its location close to the river should also be examined and addressed.

31)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

32)        Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

33)        The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points should also be followed:-

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)    Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)   Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)   The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)    Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)   While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include (i) surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area, (ii) geological maps and sections and (iii) sections of the mine pit and external dumps, if any, clearly showing the land features of the adjoining area. 

          After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.43     Mining Lease of Boulder, Bajri and Sand (Minor Minerals) of M/s Mahavir Stone Crusher, Village Mohal Shiv Nagar Mauza Takarla, Tehsil Amb, District Una, H.P. (Consultant: Eco Laboratories and Consultants, Mohali)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for mining of 40,000 TPA of boulder, bajri and sand put together from the bed of river (Garni Khad).  Mine lease area is 9.4873 ha.  It has been considered in MoEF as the SEIAA was in the process of reconstitution.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual and will be restricted up to 3 feet.  Mineral transportation will be by road.  It was noted that the baseline AAQ data collection has already started and Committee agreed to the request of the proponent to allow them to use the same for the purpose of EIA report.  The Committee agreed to the request provided it meets the monitoring protocol. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)           All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)           The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)           Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)           The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)           Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)           Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)           Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)           The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)           A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)        Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)        A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)        Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)        Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna, site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)        Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.  The impact of stone crusher nearby should also be taken into account. 

16)        The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should be indicated. 

17)        Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)        Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)        Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)        Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)        Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)        Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These along with details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)        Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)        Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.  It should also address the impact due to stone crusher nearby. 

27)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)        Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)        The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)    Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)   Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)   The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)    Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)   While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.44     Mining Lease of Boulder, Bajri and Sand (Minor Minerals) of M/s Kailash Stone Crusher, Village Mohal Bairi Mauza Pahlu, Tehsil Barsar, District Hamirpur, H.P. (Consultant: Eco Laboratories and Consultants, Mohali)

The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for mining of 52,100 TPA of boulder, bajri and sand put together from the bed of river (Sukker Khad).  Mine lease area is 9.2995 ha.  It has been considered in MoEF as the SEIAA was in the process of reconstitution.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual and will be restricted up to 3 feet.  Mineral transportation will be by road.  It was noted that the baseline AAQ data collection has already started and Committee agreed to the request of the proponent to allow them to use the same for the purpose of EIA report.  The Committee agreed to the request provided it meets the monitoring protocol. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)           All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)           The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)           Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)           The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)           Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)           Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)           Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)           The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)           A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)        Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)        A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)        Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)        Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna, site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)        Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.  The impact of stone crusher nearby should also be taken into account. 

16)        The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should be indicated. 

17)        Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)        Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)        Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)        Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)        Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)        Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These along with details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)        Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)        Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.  It should also address the impact due to stone crusher nearby. 

27)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)        Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)        The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)    Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)   Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)   The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)    Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)   While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

2.45     Sand Stone and Bajri of M/s Sheetal Stone Crusher, village Mauza Hathol, Mohal Dadhoon, Tehsil Nadaun, District Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh (Consultant: Eco Laboratories and Consultants, Mohali) 

 The proposal was considered by the Committee to determine the Terms of Reference (TOR) for undertaking detailed EIA study for the purpose of obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006.  For this purpose, the proponent had submitted information in the prescribed format (Form-1) along with pre-feasibility report. 

The proposal is for mining of 30,000 TPA of boulder, bajri and sand put together from the bed of river (Mann Khad).  Mine lease area is 6.293 ha.  It has been considered in MoEF as the SEIAA was in the process of reconstitution.  No forestland is involved.  Mine working will be opencast manual and will be restricted up to 3 feet.  Mineral transportation will be by road.  It was noted that the baseline AAQ data collection has already started and Committee agreed to the request of the proponent to allow them to use the same for the purpose of EIA report.  The Committee agreed to the request provided it meets the monitoring protocol. 

Based on the information furnished and presentation made, the Committee prescribed the following TORs for undertaking detailed EIA study:-

1)           All documents including approved mine plan (eco friendly mine plan), EIA report and public hearing should be compatible with one another in terms of the mine lease area, production levels, waste generation and its management and mining technology. 

2)           The terms and conditions imposed, if any, by the Competent Authority in the State Government while granting mining lease / permit / contract should be built into the mine plan (eco friendly mine plan) as well as the EIA report.  It may inter-alia include; area of working (length and breadth of the river stretch), mode of working, working shift, transportation of mineral, restriction, if any imposed for working etc. 

3)           Involvement of forestland, if any, in the project and status of forestry clearance should be given. 

4)           The study area will comprise of 10 km zone around the mine lease from lease periphery and the data contained in the EIA such as waste generation etc should be for the life of the mine / lease period. 

5)           Land use of the study area delineating forest area, agricultural land, grazing land, wildlife sanctuary and national park, migratory routes of fauna, water bodies, human settlements and other ecological features.

6)           Land use plan of the mine lease area should be prepared to encompass pre-operational, operational and post operational phases. 

7)           Impact of the project on the wildlife in the surrounding and any other protected area and accordingly detailed mitigation measures required should be worked out with cost implications. 

8)           The vegetation in the RF / PF in the study area, if any, should be indicated.  

9)           A study shall be got done to ascertain the impact of the mining project on wildlife of the area including aquatic life. 

10)        Location of National Parks, Sanctuaries, Biosphere Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Tiger/Elephant Reserves (existing as well as proposed) within 10 km of the mine lease should be clearly indicated supported by a location map duly authenticated by Chief Wildlife Warden. Necessary clearance from the Chief Wildlife Warden for operating the mine within 10 km of the National Park/Sanctuary, if any, should also be obtained and furnished. 

11)        A detailed biological study for the study area [core zone and buffer zone (10 km radius of the periphery of the mine lease)] including the aquatic fauna in the riverine system shall be carried out. Details of flora and fauna, duly authenticated, separately for core and buffer zone should be furnished based on field survey clearly indicating the Schedule of the fauna present. In case of any scheduled-I fauna found in the study area, the necessary plan for their conservation should be prepared in consultation with State Forest and Wildlife Department and details furnished. Necessary allocation of funds for implementing the same should be made as part of the project cost. 

12)        Impact of the project on land use including change of river course, if any should be given. 

13)        Impact on topography, drainage, agricultural fields, cattle fields, wildlife, water logging leading to water borne diseases, if any.  It may also be shown whether it will lead to change of watercourse of the river.  Modelling exercise should also be carried out through an expert agency to show the change in river flow dynamics, if any.

14)        Collection of one season (non-monsoon) primary baseline data on ambient air quality (PM10, SO2 and NOx), water quality, noise level, soil and flora and fauna, site-specific meteorological data should also be collected.  The location of the monitoring stations should be justified.  Date wise collected baseline AAQ data should form part of EIA and EMP report.  The mineralogical composition of PM10 particularly for free silica should be given.  There should be at least one AAQ monitoring station within 500 m of the mine lease in the pre-dominant downwind direction. 

15)        Air quality modelling should be carried out for prediction of impact of the project on the air quality of the area. It should also take into account the impact of movement of vehicles for transportation of mineral. The details of the model used and input parameters used for modelling should be provided.  The air quality contours may be shown on a location map clearly indicating the location of the site, location of sensitive receptors, if any and the habitation.  The wind roses showing pre-dominant wind direction may also be indicated on the map.  The impact of stone crusher nearby should also be taken into account. 

16)        The water requirement for the project, its availability and source to be furnished.  A detailed water balance should also be provided.  Fresh water requirement for the project should be indicated. 

17)        Necessary clearance from the Competent Authority for drawl of requisite quantity of water for the project should be provided. 

18)        Impact of the project on the water quality should be assessed and necessary safeguard measures, if any required should be provided.

19)        Information on site elevation, working depth, groundwater table should be provided both in AMSL and bgl.  A schematic diagram may also be provided for the same.

20)        Quantity of solid waste generation, if any, should be estimated and details for its disposal and management should be provided.

21)        Impact on local transport infrastructure due to the project should be evaluated. Projected increase in truck traffic as a result of the project in the present road network (including those outside the project area) and whether it is capable of handling the increased load should be estimated.  Arrangement for improving the infrastructure, if contemplated including action to be taken by other agencies such as State Government, if any, should be covered.

22)        Details of the infrastructure facilities to be provided for the mine workers should be furnished.

23)        Phase-wise plan of greenbelt development, plantation and compensatory afforestation clearly indicating the area to be covered under plantation and the species to be planted should be provided.

24)        Occupational health impacts of the project activity should be anticipated and reported and proposed preventive measures indicated. These along with details of pre-placement medical examination and periodical medical examination schedules and medical facilities proposed to be provided should be incorporated in the EMP.

25)        Measures of socio economic influence to the local community, proposed to be provided by project proponent should be spelt out.  As far as possible, quantitative dimensions should be given.

26)        Detailed environmental management plan to mitigate the environmental impacts. Specific safeguard measures to control PM10 as well as pollution due to transportation should be given.  It should also address the impact due to stone crusher nearby. 

27)        Public hearing points raised and commitment of the project proponent on the same along with time bound action plan to implement the same should be provided. 

28)        Details of litigation pending against the project, if any, with direction /order passed by any Court of Law against the project should be given.

29)        The cost of the project (capital cost and recurring cost) as well as the cost towards implementation of EMP should clearly be spelt out.  

Besides the above, the below mentioned general points will also to be followed:-

a)    A note confirming compliance of the TOR, with cross referencing of the relevant sections / pages of the EIA report should be provided. 

b)   All documents may be properly referenced with index, page numbers and continuous page numbering. 

c)    Where data are presented in the report especially in tables, the period in which the data were collected and the sources should be indicated. 

d)   Where the documents provided are in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided.

e)   The Questionnaire for environmental appraisal of mining projects as prescribed by the Ministry shall also be filled and submitted.

f)    Approved mine plan along with copy of the approval letter for the proposed capacity should also be submitted. 

g)   While preparing the EIA report, the instructions for the proponents and instructions for the consultants issued by MoEF vide O.M. No. J-11013/41/2006-IA.II(I) dated 4th August, 2009, which are available on the website of this Ministry should also be followed. 

The EIA report should also include surface plan of the area indicating contours of main topographic features, drainage and mining area.

After preparing the draft EIA (as per the generic structure prescribed in Appendix-III of the EIA Notification, 2006) covering the above mentioned issues, the proponent will get the public hearing conducted and take further necessary action for obtaining environmental clearance in accordance with the procedure prescribed under the EIA Notification, 2006. 

Next Meeting:

It was decided that the next meeting will be held on April 25-27, 2011. 

               The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.

 

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Annexure

List of Participants

1.           Shri Mukunda Shenoy Nagar                           -        Chairman

2.       Dr. S. Subramaniyan                                      -         Member

3.       Shri K.S. Anandan                                         -         Member

4.       Shri Vinay Mahajan                                        -         Member

5.       Dr. L. Ajay Kumar                                          -         Member

6.       Prof. C.K. Varshney                                       -         Member

7.       Shri Ranjan Sahai                                          -         Member

8.       Shri Mihir Moitra                                           -         Member                 

9.       Dr. B.K. Mishra                                              -         Member

10.     Shri T.K. Joshi                                               -         Member

11.     Dr. S.K. Aggarwal, Director                            -         Member Secretary

12.     Dr. Satish C. Garkoti, Director

13.     Shri Om Prakash, Dy. Director

14.               Representative of M/s NMDC Ltd.

15.               Representative of M/s Grasim Industries Ltd.

16.     Representative of M/s Zawar Cement

17.     Representative of M/s Chettinad Cement Corporation Ltd.

18.     Representative of M/s Khanija Enterprises

19.     Representative of M/s J. Lakshmana Rao

20.     Representative of M/s Janki Mines & Minerals

21.     Representative of M/s Arvind Tiwari

22.     Representative of M/s Mohd. Inam & Mahboob AAlam

23.     Representative of M/s Vikas Agarwal & Wajid Ali

24.     Representative of M/s Amit Jain & Naseem

25.     Representative of M/s Mahmood Ali, Punit Jain & Mukesh Jain

26.     Representative of M/s Mahmood Ali & Dilshad

27.     Representative of M/s Thekedar Shiv Charan Lal Gupta

28.     Representative of M/s Jai Bhole Shankar Stone Crusher

29.     Representative of M/s Diamond Enterprises

30.     Representative of M/s Jai Baba Stone Crusher

31.     Representative of M/s Krishna Stone Crusher

32.     Representative of M/s Himachal Stone Crushing Co.

33.     Representative of M/s Goyal Crushing Co.

34.     Representative of M/s Golden Karamjot Stone Crusher

35.     Representative of M/s Roop Narain Pandey

36.     Representative of M/s Tej Bahadur Lal

37.     Representative of M/s National Enterprises

38.     Representative of M/s Anindita Trades & Investments Ltd.

39.     Representative of M/s Rajasthan Clay

40.     Representative of M/s Associated Soapstone Co. Pvt. Ltd.

41.     Representative of M/s Zahoor Ahmad Abdul Majid

42.     Representative of M/s Shri Chandan Singh

43.     Representative of M/s Lakhwinder Singh

44.     Representative of M/s Mahavir Stone Crusher

45.     Representative of M/s Kailash Stone Crusher

46.     Representative of M/s Sheetal Stone Crusher

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